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Photos: PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication, Ft. Collins (Aug. 28, 2012)
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Clean Energy Collective and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association Dedicate Community Solar Farm

Owners are proud to be the first community solar owners in Northern Colorado

Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) held a dedication ceremony for the Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm, the first community solar farm in Northern Colorado.

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication

August 28, 2012
Poudre Valley REA Headquarters
7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, Colorado

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PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Brad Gaskill, CEO, Poudre Valley REA
PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Spencer, Founder and CEO, Clean Energy Collective
PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Spencer, Founder and CEO, Clean Energy Collective
PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Spencer, Founder and CEO, Clean Energy Collective

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Tracee Bentley, Director of Policy and Legislation, Colorado Energy Office

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Tracee Bentley, Director of Policy and Legislation, Colorado Energy Office

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Audience members consisted of government officials and panel owners.

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
From Left to Right: Tracee Bentley, Director of Policy and Legislation, Colorado Energy Office; Jack R. Schneider, Board President, Poudre Valley REA; Brad Gaskill, CEO, Poudre Valley REA; Paul Spencer, Founder and CEO, Clean Energy Collective

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Some of the community solar panel owners!
PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Spencer leads a tour of the facility for panel owners.

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Spencer leads a tour of the facility for panel owners.

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm
116,090 Watts; 494 Panels

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication

Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm
116,090 Watts; 494 Panels
PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm
116,090 Watts; 494 Panels

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Nash Family Panel Owners

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Enthusiastic supporters of community solar energy, including Jim Hartman (CEC), Rick Coen; Elyse Boelens (Martifer Solar-EPC contractor for the PVREA Community Solar Farm)

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Spencer, founder and CEO of Clean Energy Collective; Jim Hartman, Vice President of Strategic Development, Clean Energy Collective

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Adam Thodey
, proud owner of 40 community solar panels!

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Adam Thodey, proud owner of 40 community solar panels!

PVREA Community Solar Farm Dedication
Paul Febvre, proud owner of 23 community solar panels!

First Community Solar Farm in Northern Colorado

PVREA Community Solar Farm

The Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm allows PVREA members to purchase individual solar panels within the solar farm to offset their electric use. Phase 1 of the solar farm was sold-out before the project's completion.

PVREA Community Solar Farm

PVREA Community Solar Farm

Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm

The Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is administering the Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm for PVREA.

The Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm will provide clean energy to PVREA members through community solar, a new model of renewable energy production. Community solar allows community members to purchase solar panels located in centralized solar arrays to offset their electricity use. The Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm is being administered by the Clean Energy Collective (CEC), which pioneered the community solar model nationally.

PVREA members get all of the financial and environmental benefits of using solar power without having to install anything on their roof and get credits applied directly to their PVREA bill. Community solar allows all consumers to utilize clean renewable energy, including renters, those with poorly sighted properties and individuals of all income levels, without having to build a costly system of their own. CEC warranties the panels for 50 years, so consumers never have to worry about construction, maintenance or repair.

The Solar Farm at PVREA's Windsor Headquarters encompasses 4940 solar panels generating 116,090 kilowatts (kW) of electricity. The construction of the Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm is being handled by local EPC contractor Martifer Solar USA. www.martifersolarusa.com

"We are committed to economically incorporating renewable energy initiatives and seeking ways for our consumers to benefit from a more diverse energy portfolio," said Poudre Valley REA CEO Brad Gaskill. "Clean Energy Collective provided a turn-key solution that we can easily integrate and will be attractive for our consumers."

"Never before has the opportunity to use clean solar energy been available to so many people so easily. The fact that this project sold out before it was even completed shows that Colorado and Poudre Valley REA's members are committed to using locally-produced renewable energy," says Paul Spencer, founder and CEO of Clean Energy Collective. "The enthusiasm of PVREA members has been overwhelming."

About PVREA
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 35,000 consumers in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties in Northern Colorado. PVREA has 113 consumers with small renewable energy projects and over 650 PVREA consumers already participate in the utility's Green Power program. In 2011 they purchased more than 24 million kilowatts of electricity from renewable sources.

About CEC
Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective is a developer of community-based renewable energy facilities and a leader in community power generation. CEC has pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. The CEC's proprietary RemoteMeterĀ® system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power credited directly on their monthly utility bills, without modifying their home or office.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Email: sales@pvreasolar.com

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